When I was in Belize in October, I had the opportunity to hang out with Adam Marton, a passionate tarpon angler from Chicago who, for the past three years, has been leading expeditions that bring anglers and scientists together to do important research to further our understanding of Megalops atlanticus. The 2015 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition will take place August 15-22 on Ambergris Caye at El Pescador, and the special guests will be famed tarpon hunter Andy Mill and his son, Nicky.
Dan Kuksa, who participated in last year’s event, had this to say about the experience:
I have been on countless fishing trips to a number of tremendous locations. The 2014 Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition was, however, truly special. The quality of the fishery, accommodations, and guide staff would already make this trip a success. What I wasn’t prepared for was the incredible program assembled for us. Allowing anglers an opportunity to donate their skill-sets to the scientific community places this expedition format into class of its own.
The marine biology and ecological knowledge which Dr. Jerry Ault shared with our team was a “game changer.” for me. Having a world class angler in Stu Apte educating and coaching the field workers (anglers) in the disciplines of preparation, technique, and mind-set, in order to effectively carry out our mission, was priceless. I sense a void in the angling community starting to be addressed. The Belize Tarpon Tagging Expedition is an expedition which creates memories and friendships that last a lifetime.